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Journey Summary

Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
2 hours 10 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $43
Trains depart from:Montreal, QC
Trains arrive in:Ottawa, ON
Distance:165 km
Train Companies:VIA Rail Canada

Trains from Montreal to Ottawa

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, lies in the south-eastern corner of Ontario, close to the border with Quebec. It was a diplomatic choice as national capital, a compromise between the rival claims of the largest cities Toronto and Montreal. The seat of government is an attractive destination in its own right, with seven national museums, scenic parks, and some of Canada's most celebrated craft beer venues. Canada's primary rail operator VIA Rail provides daily direct trains to the capital from Montreal seven days a week, a popular route for business travelers and tourists. Journey times to Ottawa average just over 2 hours, with morning, afternoon, and evening departures available from Montreal. Weekend schedules are a little less-frequent with no early morning trains from Montreal to Ottawa on Saturdays.

Which train companies travel from Montreal to Ottawa?

Canada's main long-distance rail operator VIA Rail provides all the country's intercity services including all train services from Montreal to Ottawa. Passengers on this route can opt for VIA Rail's Economy or Business Class seats. Train carriages on intercity services are equipped with power outlets for charging tablets and cell phones, WiFi internet access and onboard entertainment systems. Trolley services in Economy Class on board the train from Montreal to Ottawa offer sandwiches, snacks, and drinks for purchase, with complimentary meals and cocktails provided for Business Class passengers. Some VIA Rail intercity trains on this route to the capital city also offer baggage check-in services for up to two large items per passenger. Passengers with reduced mobility are given priority boarding and luggage assistance from VIA Rail train staff.

How long is the train ride from Montreal to Ottawa?

The trip on the train from Montreal to Ottawa is one of the shorter journeys on the VIA Rail network. The fastest train from Montreal to Ottawa is the early morning departure to the capital, taking 2 hours to cover the 116-mile (186 kilometer) route south-west from the Quebecois city. Other direct trains with VIA Rail take between three and 14 minutes longer, with the mid-morning departure from Montreal providing the slowest trip to the capital. Indirect services are not a practical consideration on this VIA Rail intercity route.

How many trains are there from Montreal to Ottawa?

Weekday VIA Rail schedules for this route between Montreal and Ottawa include six daily departures from the Quebecois city to the capital. The first train from Montreal to Ottawa leaves just after 6:00 a.m. and the timetable offers two morning trains, a midday service, two afternoon trains, and a final departure from Montreal in early evening, arriving in Ottawa around 9:00 p.m. On Saturdays there are three direct trains to Ottawa from Montreal, departing in mid-morning, around midday and in mid-evening. Sunday timetables offer five direct trains to Ottawa, with a morning and midday train, two afternoon services, and an evening connection.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Montreal to Ottawa?

Departure station: Montreal Central Station, also known to French-speaking locals as the Gare Centrale, is the city's major terminus for VIA Rail trains and the busiest commuter station in the province of Quebec. The station is situated close to the Old Port on the south-east side of central Montreal, with public transport links that include seven local bus routes, night buses, and airport shuttles, and Montreal Metro subway trains on the Green line from McGill station or the Orange line from Bonaventure station. Facilities at the station include parking lots, Bixi bike share racks, car rental agencies, free WiFi, ATMs, a hair salon, and taxi stands. The concourse food court includes Canadian restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops, bakeries, and an Asian diner. The shopping mall at the station features fashion and accessory boutiques, a luxury chocolatier, a jewelers, luggage stores, grocery markets, and news vendors.

Arrival station: Ottawa station is the capital's main hub for VIA Rail intercity trains, located east of the city center. OC Transpo offers public transport connections to the city center on light rail services on the O-Train Confederation Line from the adjacent Tremblay station, and frequent bus services from the train station to downtown Ottawa on routes 61 and 62. Passenger facilities at the station include a business lounge, free WiFi, car rental desks, ATMs, baggage storage services, vending machines, and rest rooms. The concourse offers a range of fast food outlets, snack bars and coffee shops, with a convenience store and news vendors providing picnic essentials and reading material.

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Trains from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON
Travel by train to Ottawa, ON easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON.
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What is the price of the cheapest train from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON to cost as little as $39 (€31)  in the next 7 days.
How much is the train to Ottawa, ON from Montreal, QC on average?
If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON train to cost on average $56 (€44)  one way.
How far is Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON by train?
The train distance from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON is around 102 miles (164 km).
How many hours is the train time between Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON?
On average the Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON train travel time is 2 h 5 min  for the 102 miles (164 km) long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
When is the earliest train from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON? When is the last train from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON?
You can take the first train from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON at 4: 04 PM. The last train from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON that you can take departs at 8: 50 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
How early should I purchase Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON train tickets to get the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON is on average $56 (€44) if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON available a few months in advance.